Better Makers: Race Against Hate 2018 'Sends a Message ... That Love Trumps Hate Every Time'

Runners surge from the starting line at the start of the 19th Annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate (Photos courtesy of YWCA and Genie Lemieux.)

On June 17, nearly 5,000 participants and 300 volunteers turned out to YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s 19th Annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Honoring the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, the former Northwestern University men’s basketball coach who was murdered in 1999 by a white supremacist, Race Against Hate proceeds go directly toward the YWCA Evanston/North

Better Makers: Actor Robert Redford and Artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford Honored at Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit

Robert Redford; Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis, Masters of Ceremonies; and Sibylle Szaggars Redford (Photos by Jennifer Girard.)

On Friday, June 1, Academy Award-winning actor, director, and environmentalist Robert Redford and his wife, Sibylle Szaggars Redford, a multimedia environmental artist, were honored at Ryerson Woods’ 35th Annual Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit at the Brushwood Center. With record-breaking attendance, the event brought in more than $250,000 for the Brushwood Center. For years the Redfords have